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  • Stories for Children Magazine is reopening!‏

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    Sent: Fri 8/20/10 6:58 PM
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    Hi Everyone,

    Boy have I missed working with all of you and putting out each issue of Stories for Children Magazine. I am really excited to say the day is getting closer when Stories for Children Magazine will reopen its doors to submissions.

    Right now, I’m looking for people interested in joining the SFC Team. This is a totally volunteer job currently, however, I am always looking into ways Stories for Children Magazine can become a paying market and job for those behind the scenes. There are also some changes to the publications. Instead of 12 issues a year, Stories for Children Magazine will only be putting out 9 issues a year. Also, the articles in the magazine have been cut back from 9 per issue to 6 per issue. I am also breaking up the Fiction and Poetry departments into their own departments to help with the workload of these two categories.

    The positions open are as follows:
    Poetry Editor
    Assistant Poetry Editor
    Assistant Fiction Editor
    Assistant Nonfiction Editor
    Youth & Activities Editor
    Blog Editor
    Interviewer (2)
    Marketing Manager
    Proofreader (3)
    Book Reviewer (2)
    Educational Writer (2)
    Art Director

    If you are interested in joining the SFC Team, please send me an email at Include in your email your writing resume, any publications, what position you would like to work in, and your contact information.  Note: this is a volunteer job. Stories for Children Publishing, LLC is currently a non-paying market in all its divisions.

    I look forward to the reopening of Stories for Children Magazine and working with all of you again. Your talents and contributions to the magazine have made us what we are.


    Day1 and 2 picture book rough drafts done . I love being motivated by all the other writers who are doing the challenge as well. I am using one of the ideas generated by the challenge I participated in last November when Tara Lazar had her picture book contest. It’s one that I never did more than wrote the idea down. I never took the time even though I really liked the idea.

    Here is a brief excerpt from Paula’s site for my readers to decide if it is something they want to participate in.

    The basic rules? Just write 7 complete and separate picture books in one week. Each picture book must have a clear beginning, middle, and end. There is no required minimum word count because picture book lengths can vary from 50 words to 2000 words, depending on the genre.

    Caveat: This is NOT to say writing a picture book is easy. On the contrary, it’s EXTREMELY difficult and challenging to write a?complete story with a beginning, middle, and end, an original plotline, and a unique character with a compelling voice for the picture book genre. Every word has to count. Every image and every action has to speak volumes in terms of theme and deeper meaning… while still being kid friendly, fun, and appropriate for the tone of the book (be it a quiet literary picture book or a hilarious, laugh out of loud funny picture book).

    Having said that… I want everyone to have fun with this! I’m not expecting Shakespeare or “Goodnight Moon.” This is an attempt to encourage people to finally write that picture book they’ve been dreaming of… please think of this as a fun opportunity to brainstorm and finally write that first rough draft that you can go back to later and revise and improve upon. So often we  procrastinate or convince ourselves that our idea for a picture book is not “good enough.” So NaPiBoWriWee is a fun way to have everyone GO FOR BROKE and write 7 picture books in 7 days and see what happens

    Paula Yoo

    For those who are wondering what I am talking about: Visit My Twitter page is here: and my cat Oreo’s page is here: is the link if you would like to click on over and see what the new magazine is all about. It’s new to the scene but is destined for success.

    Getting one’s foot in the door with regards to a writing career  just might start with building “writing credits” by submitting stories and articles to magazines for publishing consideration.  Magazine editors are always looking for top-rate articles and stories.

    Wondering what type of articles to send. Well, be sure to check out the individual magazine’s submission guidelines before sending in your submission. Read current and back issues to see the style of stories published in it. The more you know about the magazine you’ve selected, the better chance you have at a possible publication.

    My most recent acceptance came from the same editor, Jennifer Reed (former Wee Ones Editor now Editor at Guardian Angel Kids), that gave me my very first acceptance in 2006. Jennifer know her stuff and is a pleasure to work with.

     Here is an excerpt of my article from Guardian Angel Kids:

    The Ragbrai Race
    By Peg Finley
    It’s a warm July day. It’s Ragbrai (pronounced Rag Bray) and means Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Across Iowa. You might ask what is Ragbrai? It is the longest and largest bicycle ride in the state of Iowa with 8500 week-long riders and 1500 daily riders which is when most families participate.

    Ragbrai started in 1973 as a challenge issued by Don Kaul, a Washington columnist, to his friend John Karras. John Karras then wrote an article encouraging others to join them. Originally, 300 riders began the ride. At the end, 115 riders completed the tour. The event is an annual ride. Riders come from all over the United States and the world. According to tradition, bicyclers dip their back tires in the Missouri River at the start of the ride and their front tires in the Mississippi River at the ride’s end.

    Ragbrai’s average distance is 472 miles. Riders, even kids, bike an average of 68 miles per day. Along the route, eight host communities are picked to be, using one as the starting point and one as the end point. The other six are overnight stopping points.

    Bikes of all kinds and bicyclers of all ages, from ten months to 83 years, make the seven day trip with the help of their friends, family and other bicyclers. Tents are pitched and suppers cooked over the grill. Kids sit on the ground listening to music.

    Months in advance preparation begin. Local residents offer spots for cyclists to pitch a tent or park their buses. Results from pies baking contest welcome the cyclist. Spaghetti dinners are prepared. Kids’ bike safety courses are offered as well as races are offered.


    ISBN13: 9780670036202

    ISBN: 067003620X

    BINC: 7370828
    Edition: Illustrated
    Age: 3 – 8 years
    Grade: Preschool – 3

    About the book:

    Description: This simple counting book contains spirited rhyming text and cheerful illustrations that capture the unexpected pleasures that a little wet weather can bring. Full color.

    Disclaimer: The reviewer has no connection and/or personal knowledge of the author and/or illustrator of the book. Book selections are random.

    This review is intended for parents or other significant person in a child’s life who may be looking for suitable books for their children to read or have read to them.

    This month I am reviewing is RAINDROP, PLOP! Written by Wendy Cheyette Lewison. Illustrated by Pam Paparone. Published by Viking Books in 2004.

    From the bright red raincoat and umbrella to the the green boots with eyes and a mouth that grace the front cover to the boots on the back cover this simple book is sweet. In this simple book the young girl and her dog count things as they go through a rainy day.

    Wendy Cheyette Lewison’s 143 word book has easy bouncy rhymes that makes the reader want to continue reading the story and includes counting concepts. Its slightly larger than most books size lends itself to a younger age reader smaller hands.

    It starts with:


    little raindrop,

    dark, dark sky.


    little raindrops,

    clouds go by.

    Pam Paparone’s illustration are simplistically child-like with lots ot bright colors. The little girl’s outfit is in the primary colors of red, yellow, and green while the sky is various shades of blues and greens. There are a variety of animals drawn through the pages that could provide other animals to look for and count . For example, there’s a squirrel in a tree, and a duck in a pond, etc.

    As most parents know attention spans vary from child to child. This could be used to help hold even the youngest child’s attention.

    At one point, the child character and her dog splash in puddles…just like a live child would do.

    Then once the characters make it the house, the text counts backwards from the number ten.


    little toes

    in a nice warm tub.


    soapy bubbles


    My thoughts on this book are that the little ones will love it. It is a book that parents or other caregivers can adapt to their own individual child’s abilities to concentrate.

    I had so much fun doing the PiBoIdMo challenge that I am embarking on a new challenge starting in February. Here is the first post about it so you, my readers, can determine if you want to be involved.
    picture book marathon‏
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    Hi Everyone-

    Sharpen your pencils – the next picture book marathon is coming up in February. We’re adding you to the list, so you’ll receive reminders. More details coming soon.

      If you know of others who may be interested, have them contact us through the website, or (easiest) by emailing

      Looking forward to it!

    –Lora Koehler and Jean Reagan

    Disclaimer: The reviewer has no connection to or personal knowledge of the author and/or illustrator of the book being reviewed. Selections of books to be reviewed are random.

    This review is intended for parents or other significant person in a child’s life who may be looking for suitable books for their children to read or have read to them. 

  • Publisher: Gullane Children’s Books
  • Published: 28 January 2008
  • Format: Board book 22 pages
  • See: Full bibliographic data
  • Categories: Baby Books
  • 978-1-86233-524-0 2008


    As I picked up this book I was instantly attracted to the illustrations on the both the front and back covers. I loved the little wombat curled up in a field of strawberries amid little butterflies, a bee and a Shasta daisy on the front cover.

    Charles Fuge’s illustrations are wonderfully whimsically appealing. The wombat looks like a stuffed animal that you might find on a child’s bed, one that has been cuddled and loved. His child-like eyes and facial features could easily have been the eyes and features of a small human child. Other animals we see in this story, like the worm peering out of a berry, are equally appealing.

    Vicki Churchill’s short book, between 175 and 200 words, is geared for the younger child three to six years of age as the wombat does things that a child that age would do. He makes faces, plays in the mud, rolls over and over in the berries and crawls in beside his mother. 

    When I took a look at the text, I was pleased to discover the text was simple and perfectly matched to the illustrations.

    Here again, the words were words that a child could connect to. It starts out with the words, “Sometimes I like to curl up in a ball. So no one can see me because I’m so small.” The words are what a child this age does and thinks.

    As a collector of children’s book, this one gets my stamp of approval. I added it to my own personal library. It is one of those books that you find your child will want to read over and over again.

    If you want to know more about the little wombat and his adventures, check it out at your local library.

     More Books by Vicki Churchill 

    Adventures of Little Wombat   Adventures of Little Wombat  by: Vicki Churchill, Angela McAllister

     Butterfly Kiss   Butterfly Kiss by: Vicki Churchill, Charles Fuge.

    Doubling Fun with Annie Ant  Doubling Fun with Annie Ant by: Vicki Churchill
    Lonely Wasp Lonely Wasp  by: Charles Fuge, Vicki  Churchill.

    *Disclaimer: Stories based on the exact set of words, names and attached graphics are already in the works.

    Albie shrunk down into the bushes with only his eyeballs showing.

    His sister, Clara, was going to be so angry. Just yesterday, he’d torn

    another shirt during recess. It was his last one, the one he was supposed to

    wear to the Thanksgiving program.


    I am an aspiring picturebook writer with some magazine credits just no picture book contract yet. I know it is coming and I am more than willing to work for it.

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    I love the children's movies Wizard of Oz and the Neverending Story. Both movies make me feel the lesson that hope is alive and well. After seeing UP this past week, it just might have a chance at being added to this list.

    I love the cool colors of blues and purples.Those colors are peaceful for me.

    I love The Velveteen Rabbit. Even as an adult, I still feel the urge to cry when he becomes real. I know, silly, but a good book can make me laugh and cry as it takes me on a magical journey.

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    Lisa Wheeler

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    Audrey Woods

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    Favorite Websites:

    Favorite Blogs:

    • ShelfTalker: A Children’s Bookseller’s Blog
    • Alice’s CWIM Blog
    • A Fuse #8 Production
    • Cynsations
    • Nathan Bransford – Literary Agent
    • Editorial Anonymous
    • Miss Snark’s First Victim
    • Writing for children and teens

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